Midwest Geologic Sequestration Consortium (MGSC)

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Oct 1, 2005 Sep 30, 2012
Director: John Rupp
Other Researchers: Richard Lahann (IGS)
Issue: Current federal energy policy assumes that hydrocarbons will continue to be the primary source of energy for the United States and the world well into the 21st century. There is concern about increasing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and its possible role in global climate change. For this reason, it may become necessary to manage carbon dioxide (CO2). Sequestering CO2 in geological formations may be one way to safely trap carbon over long periods of time.
Objective: The purpose of this project is to determine the appropriate methodologies for permanent storage of gases that can contribute to global warming. The feasibility of geological sequestration in the Cambro-Ordovician section within the Illinois Basin is being evaluated.
Approach: Existing and newly generated data for the Cambrian Mount Simon Sandstone and Eau Claire Formation will be evalauted to establish the petrological character. this characterization will contribute to the evaluation of their potenatial to serve as deep geologic reservoirs for storing carbon dioxide.
Benefits: This testing of carbon dioxide sequestration will demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of geologic sequestration systems that may be used in the future to mitigate the effects of global climate change.

Depositional and Diagenetic Variability within the Cambrian Mount Simon Sandstone:
Bowen et al, 2011, Depositional and Diagenetic Variability within the Cambrian Mount Simon Sandstone: Implications for Carbon Dioxide Sequestration: Environmental Geosciences

Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium
Consortium website of which the Indiana activities are a part.